As is often the case with complex (and often temperamental) machinery the Mosquito was a couple of hours later than its original expected arrival time. This led to an even higher level of anticipation amongst the crowd. When the aircraft finally arrived it did a couple of local flights before performing a display over the airport and some low passes over the museum that blew everyone away as they marvelled at its grace and style in the air. Finally the aicraft was taxied all the way up the ramp to park on the apron right outside the Classic Flyers main "Legacy Jet Centre" hangar.
There would be very few people in the workd that will be able to say that they were able to stand with a few meters of such an magnificent aircraft as it taxied to a stop in front of them. Those people that attended Classic Flyers that day are now amongst those few. Once the aircraft had been shut down and secured, the rope barriers were dropped and the crowd poured onto the apron to take a close up look at what was making all this noise!
Later on a stage was placed in front of the aircraft and the two human stars of the event Pilot - Keith Skilling and Constructor - Warren Denholm gave an extremely interesting and entertaining talk about how the Mosquito was built and what it is like to fly it. Warren and Keith both answered many questions from the audience that added to the charm and informality of the event.
Following an overnight stay in the "Legacy Jet Centre" hanger at Classic Flyers the Mosquito was rolled out the following to be prepared for its return flight to its base at Ardmore Airport. Once prepped and refueled the Mosquito departed for Ardmore after giving one more low pass over the Classic Flyers hangar for those people that had come out to see it for the last time.
For those people that could not make it to Classic Flyers on the day there is some good footage of the day on the following You Tube link showing it displaying,landing, taxying and parking at Classic Flyers plus some of the talk given by Keth and Warren.
For those people that did not get to see the aircraft on the following day before it left to go to Ardmore a selection of photos taken by Garry Bentley are shown below
And finally for those of us who would give our right arm to fly in this incredible machine the following link to a You Tube video will take you to some amazing footage as Warren Denholm put a camera on his helmet for a flight from Ardmore over Auckland in company with a DH Vampire. Turn your volume up load and enjoy!
|Mosquito KA114 on the ramp at Classic Flyers being prepped for it flight back to Ardmore|
|Loading up support equipment into the rear fuselage compartment of KA114 at Classic Flyers|
|Pilot Keith Skilling at the foot of the extendable ladder leading up to the cockpit of KA114|
|Its along way up to the entry to the cockpit of KA114|
|For such a large plane the office of KA114 gives the impression of being extremely busy and cramped|
|THe businessend of KA114 shows a formdable array of cannons and machine guns|
|KA114's starbord Merlin engine up close|
|The complexity and ingenuity of design is shown in this detail shot of KA114's undercarriage|
|KA114's graceful and aerodynamically clean lines are shown off to best effect|
|Mosquito KA114 awaiting final boarding by Keith and Warren prior to departure to Ardmore|
|Preflight complete, all aboard and ready to start engines at Classic Flyers ramp|